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Holy Alliance of PTI and PMLN

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 21st, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

PTI has rejoined GEO, rejoined senate elections, about to rejoin national assembly, and has started taking part again in the national political issues like any other party. I wonder about those youthias who sacrificed their everything last year when they thought PTI was any different.
Anyway those are the orders of the masters of PTI and [...]



PTI and Nisar Go After MQM

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 13th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

While PPP enjoys land-grabbing under supervision of Malik Riaz in Karachi; the Pakistan rangers have done a quality and on-merit operation at the 90 headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement of Altaf Hussain. This was long due and was inevitable operation by the authorities.

Pakistan rangers will continue and they have full support of Pakistan army as [...]



Who is Supreme?

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 7th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Last thing Pakistan needs is another Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. First thing Pakistan needs is a swift, competent, and independent judiciary but a judiciary which is at least answerable to the people in some form. But it seems that the germs left Iftikhar Chaudhry are still lurking out there.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawad S [...]



PTI Senate Woes

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 4th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

PTI is getting a taste of realpolitik as senate elections draw near. Its law makers in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa assembly have presented themselves for sale in the open market and so far the traditional Waqar Group of KPK has managed to buy most of them.
Horse trading in senate elections is not a new thing and [...]



Pakistan Fielding Coach Fights with Afridi, Akmal

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 18th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

When Pakistani Fielding Coach Grant Luden tried to point out deficiencies in catching technique of Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, and Ahmed Shahzad after Pakistani lost to arch rival India in world cup match, the 3 players refused to listen to him and told him to mind his own business.
Grant actually was minding his own business. [...]



Heera Mandi Politics

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 11th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Heera Mandi no longer exists in true terms in Lahore yet its a popular term in Pakistan when someone wants to spice up the conversation. Just as Heera Mandi residents have moved to posh areas to ’service’ people, the phrase Heera Mandi has reached Pakistani politics too in 2015.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain [...]



Top Sharifs in Sync

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 2nd, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Things seem to be hitting off quite well between army chief General Raheel Sharif and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It`s clear that boundaries have been drawn and PM has acquiesced many of his domains to the chief and chief has reigned in over the hawks to keep Imran Khan down.
Following the domains issues which [...]



Petrol Conspiracy

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 21st, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

When all else fails, its a favorite pastime of Pakistanis to throw all the blames to the conspiracy of hidden hands. Pick any crisis of any magnitude and you will hear the cries of ‘Conspiracy’ everywhere. This has become an established norm here in the fatherland.
Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that an [...]



Go Imran Go in Army Public School

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 15th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Reham Khan’s first political maneuver and launching failed embarrassingly for her and her 64 year old groom, when they lavishly arrived at army public school to cash in the blood of those innocent victims who lost their lives on December 16 in Peshawar school.
Before the arrival of Imran Khan all the roads leading to Army [...]



Fires in Pakistan

By Sameer Shaharyar • Dec 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Massive and frightening blazes which gut down properties and claim lives have become yet another news item in Pakistan. We have so many huge problems that such gory fires only surface when there is no other news, otherwise they just get a passing mention in media.
Thankfully, for the last couple of days there was no [...]